* Posts by bob, mon!

126 posts • joined 27 Sep 2007

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Kepler's K2 mission confirms 104 Earth-like planets

bob, mon!

Re: Altitude or attitude?

The article I'm seeing says "attitude" --- referring to the orientation of the telescope in space, i.e. which way it points.

The reaction wheels would have no significant impact on the altitude.

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

bob, mon!
Paris Hilton

"Two post-war Prime Ministers ..."

Which war are you posting? The Great War, WWII, Vietnam, the Falklands, Iraq 1, Afghanistan, Iraq 2, some other war I've overlooked...?

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

bob, mon!

Re: My first thought was:

> "2020! That's ages. :(" <

That's unbelievably soon! They'll never get a working plane by then!

Well, maybe (probably) a drone.

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Physicists confirm X(4140)

bob, mon!

Seems rather strange to me.

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

bob, mon!

Re: “one-man-and-a-dog computer dealer"

>"So Gerald and his boss ..."

>That may answer your question.

Maybe, maybe not. Was the boss an SOB?

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Citrix bakes up Raspberry Pi client boxes

bob, mon!

> "The Pi has HDMI and composite video outputs but they are exclusive"

Actually, they abandoned the composite video with the Raspberry Pi 2 (and 3...)

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

bob, mon!
Trollface

"Oh, and F4 Phantom FTW for modern."

"The triumph of thrust over aerodynamics."

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

bob, mon!
Happy

A furniture store in Boston used to have a slogan on its building: "34 years without a sale!"

I always wondered how they managed to stay in business. Rentals, maybe?

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

bob, mon!
Thumb Up

Re: GWX Control Panel might help here

Works great for me, I have it installed on a physical machine and on a VM. Recommended if you've a reason to stay on Win7.

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

bob, mon!

Re: Acceleration pedantry

Properly speaking, 1024 bytes is a kibibyte. 1024 cats is a kibblecat.

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'Devastating' bug pops secure doors at airports, hospitals

bob, mon!

Re: Odd.

>I can't find any airlines that fly to the Southern Ohio Medical Centre......

Maybe some LifeFlight helicopters?

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Four of the top 10 places in the world for internet are, er, in the US

bob, mon!
Headmaster

Re: I don't want to pile on...

Just want to point out that Massachusetts, at 27,336sq.km and 6.745M people, and Maryland, at 32,133sq.km and 5.976M people, are both comparable in size but more rural than Belgium at 30,528sq.km and 11.2M people.

Granted, Belgium wasn't in the top10,but then it only houses the EU and NATO.

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HERE: We're still, er... HERE

bob, mon!
Pint

Thanks for that link

I now know that my Subaru Outback uses HERE maps.Outdated ones...

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

bob, mon!
Boffin

Re: How about

'I wonder if it runs the GIMP?"

Yes. It installs via apt-get, and runs. "Fast?" ...Don't get greedy.

disclaimer: this is actually on a Raspberry Pi Zero, as my RPi2 is presently offline.

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Browser made by China's top search engine leaks almost everything

bob, mon!
Trollface

Re: "sounds much more like incompetence than government interference"

These two are by no means incompatible. Why not offer incompetent government interference?

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Solution to tech bros' disgust of SF homeless people launched

bob, mon!

Marketed under the Joo Janta brand name, no doubt?

After all, the homeless represent a source of peril to the affluent....

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Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

bob, mon!
Mushroom

747 in old Microsoft Simulator

Back in the Atari 400 days, we used to put the MS Simulator's Boeing 747 through loop-the-loops. Hard to get up enough airspeed...

Landing was easy, though. Just point at the ground and wait.

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UC Berkeley profs blast secret IT monitoring kit on campus

bob, mon!

Legality trumps morality

While I sympathize with the faculty on this (to some extent), I would be surprised if they didn't explicitly acknowledge that their uses of university equipment are not private. After all, it's not their gear.

At my school, I click through an agreement not to abuse the system every time I log in. Of course the admins can see what I do, and they need to.

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

bob, mon!
Angel

Re: Who the hell...

"...tests suspicious cables with expensive equipment..."

Someone whose employer is buying the equipment?

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

bob, mon!
Pint

Re: Office nasty

Or just super-glue the handset to the base.

A less permanent one was to replace the bell with a portable klaxon alarm (or whatever they're called). Some people did that to their own phones, just so they could recognize when theirs was ringing.

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Medical data experiment goes horribly wrong: 950,000 records lost

bob, mon!
Headmaster

Re: Ya'll left out one biggie

No, not "you will". Best understood as "You all", not to be confused with "you-uns" ("you ones") or "youse" (ummm.... New Jersey).

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Virginia man charged in intriguing 'suspicious bacon' case

bob, mon!
Thumb Down

Re: Felony wearing of a mask in Public?

"Virginia borders Washington DC, where anything even remotely related to "terrorism" is considered illegal."

Yes, and Germany borders the Netherlands, where marijuana and prostitution are sort-of legal.

Is there a point there somewhere?

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'Wipe everything clean ... Join us ...' Creepy poem turns up in logs of 30 million-ish servers

bob, mon!
Trollface

Re: Haiku

Bloody haikuers.

I got stupid message too.

No snow this winter.

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

bob, mon!

"...until it dies. Next will be a Google, for the update cycle."

This. My Galaxy S III just decided its non-replaceable battery was toast, so I'm getting a Nexus. Not through Verizon, they don't update the OS and they do force unwanted bloatware onto the phone. I currently have over 40 updates waiting, all of apps that I don't use and all wanting to be more invasive of my privacy.

A plague on 'em. If anyone else had coverage in my rural area, I'd go provider-shopping.

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Help! What does 'personal conduct unrelated to operations or financials' mean?

bob, mon!
Devil

Golden parachute clause

He was planning ahead when he specified the wording in his contract....

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DEFCON 1 to DEFCON GONE: One of NORAD's spy blimps goes missing

bob, mon!
Meh

We're POWERLESS to stop it!

Well, powerless, anyway... its trailing tether took out power lines throughout Columbia County before grounding in a field over in Montour County. No work for me this afternoon! And no webserver, or utilities, or ... you get the idea.

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

bob, mon!

MUHAHAHAHAHA! I shall call my invention: SELFIES!

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Wheels come off parents' plan to dub sprog 'Mini Cooper'

bob, mon!
Trollface

Obligatory xkcd reference:

https://xkcd.com/327/

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Experian-T-Mobile US hack: 'We trusted them, now that trust is broken'

bob, mon!
Unhappy

I will never use Experian again!

Oh wait... I didn't want to use them in the first place. And I have no influence and little-to-no choice over whether companies I deal with do use them. Sigh...

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Internet Doomsday scenario: How the web could suddenly fall apart

bob, mon!

Re: But if the root zone server is offline

"The" root zone server?

There are 13 of them, each one replicated in different geographic locations.

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Amazon reveals $50 Android-ish Fire tablet it will axe in two years

bob, mon!
Linux

Re: An honest question

<uninformed-opinion>I have an older Kindle Fire that was used almost exclusively for reading. It's very good for that, but my Kindle is even better (for books that don't use color/colour).

If you expect your PDF's to include color (ah, t'hell wit'it) then I expect a larger Fire would be great; in fact I might think about doing that myself... except I don't read many PDF's. Or if you just need a larger format than the Kindles offer.

</uninformed-opinion>

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MYSTERIES of remote ICE WORLD PLUTO: New pics BAMBOOZLE boffins

bob, mon!

re: Who would have thought 30-40-50 years ago ...

30-40-50 years ago we dared to dream that we'd be there in person by now. Wahhhhhh.....

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Much more Moore's Law, as boffins assemble atom-level transistor

bob, mon!

"what we have on the picture is not actually smaller than 10nm."

Perhaps not, but 10nm is the gate width (feature size) in 10nm technology. You've got the entire transistor in that picture.

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Cool-headed boffins overcome sticky issue: Graphene-based film could turn heat down

bob, mon!

W/mK?

Watts/milli-Kelvin? That's quite a thermal conductivity.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

bob, mon!

re: Yinz?? Is that a hyper-regional dialect like youz or yoos?

An Appalachian variation. Also spelt/pronounced "yoo-uns".

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bob, mon!
Joke

Re: "...mockery..."

Pfft pfft. I can drive two days in Philadelphia and still be in Philadelphia. Friggin' traffic jams...

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Glass door to the ancient past FOUND ON MARS

bob, mon!
FAIL

Love thatfirst paragraph.

"Rock-boffins have used data from satellites to scope out impact-crater glass on Mars for a glimpse into its past, based on the theory that glass formed during hypervelocity happenings can encapsulate and preserve earthly bio-signatures."

At first I thought they were claiming that glass on Mars preserved Earthly biosignatures. Say wha'???

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

bob, mon!
Black Helicopters

The Earth WAS created 4000 years ago!

But it's running on seriously overclocked hardware, so it's performed 4.5 billion years' worth of evolution in those 4000 years.

Ask Neo!

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

bob, mon!

Re: My favorite joke on this subject is AT&T

What's your objection to double-NAT? Just asking.

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Microsoft celebrates 25 years' SOLITARY SELF-PLEASURE with GROUP SESSION

bob, mon!
Trollface

@Martin Summers

It's a SUBTLE sadistic redundancy scheme.

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

bob, mon!
Coat

Re: I saw plenty of those

Since they have wings for forelimbs, it can't be *armed* theft...

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

bob, mon!
Black Helicopters

Pah.

Those're just places where the camouflaging dust and debris have worn away over time, letting the shiny hull show through.

George Lucas was wrong about the Death Star's albedo.

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

bob, mon!

Forgetting one's key...

...is something many people do at one time in their lives. First happened to me when I was seven.

The next time seems much less common.

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Vultures victorious in virtual vote vis-à-vis virtualization views!

bob, mon!
Thumb Up

Well, VA-VA-VOOM!

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

bob, mon!
Unhappy

Sadly this image is missing Comic Sans!

I haven't yet tried to install it, dunno if I will... but this seems a most ironic omission.

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Google deal means game over for mobile payments firm Softcard

bob, mon!

Marketing deal?

The way I read it is that they really bought access to T-Mobile/ATT/Verizon customers who were previously locked out of Google Wallet in favor of Softcard. You could say the phone companies were being anti-competitive themselves.

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Lenovo to customers: We only just found out about this Superfish vuln – remove it NOW

bob, mon!

lenovo and market pressure

I'll consider replacing my current workstation-grade laptop with a Lenovo - IF they clean up their act, and keep the crapware off and the build quality up. The commercial-grade thinkpads have been sinking, but are still pretty good. And I'll do a fresh OS install anyway.

Sadly, I don't believe that *any* of the vendors are lily-white in this market. If one of them gets burned enough to clean up their act, that'll have to be good enough when it comes to the next sale.

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US looks at plan to hand over world's DNS – and screams blue murder

bob, mon!

What is the NTIA?

That acronym's expansion seems to have disappeared into the editing....

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Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year

bob, mon!
FAIL

Re: All I want to know is...

> Press ALT: see ribbons overlaid with the available short cuts. As you enter them more specific ones appear.

You ignored the point that the OP can't see. He is not "sighted" and needs "Accessibilty" support that the Ribbon isn't giving him.

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

bob, mon!
Meh

Will there be a real professional/enterprise version???

I think there's a reason MS introduced the playsumer version of Win10 first - those rental fees are where they're looking for most of their revenue. Unless they do something truly OUTSTANDING for the pro/enterprise market, companies are going to hold onto Win7 until it goes end-of-life anyway - because there's no business case for replacing something that's working well, and testing/verifying a new OS with current business procedures is a pain to be put off until necessary.

As for doing something truly outstanding, their track record at that can be seen in the evolution of MS Office (okay, I'm used to the ribbon now, but it still seems pointless to me). I have my own copy of Office 2010, work "had to" move on to Office 2013, so I can see its inferiority on a daily basis.

<where's the "crusty curmedgeon" icon?>

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